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bound·en

 (boun′dən)
adj.
1. Obligatory: their bounden duty.
2. Archaic Being under obligation; obliged.

[Middle English, past participle of binden, to bind, from Old English bindan; see bind.]
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bounden

(ˈbaʊndən)
adj
morally obligatory (archaic except in the phrase bounden duty)
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bound•en

(ˈbaʊn dən)

adj.
1. obligatory; compulsory: one's bounden duty.
2. Archaic. under obligation; obliged.
[1250–1300; Middle English]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.bounden - morally obligatory; "my bounden duty"
obligatory - morally or legally constraining or binding; "attendance is obligatory"; "an obligatory contribution"
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bounden

adjective
Archaic. Owing something, such as gratitude or appreciation, to another:
Idiom: under obligation.
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Translations

bounden

(o.f.) [ˈbaʊndən] ADJ bounden dutyobligación f ineludible
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bounden

adj bounden duty (old, liter)Pflicht und Schuldigkeit f (geh)
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References in classic literature ?
Rather savage vengeance for an eminently righteous deed, which Cornelius had the satisfaction of having performed as a bounden duty.
When you saw a thing was not meant to be, said Nancy, it was a bounden duty to leave off so much as wishing for it.
Asserting that compassion for judges is a bounden duty and not charity, he added, "My conscience is clear and I can tell the whole world that I had done my best.